I don’t know who came up with the Nigerian Police Slogan “The Police is Your Friends”, but make no mistake about your relationship with Nigerian Police.
Nowhere in the world is the police your friend. They have a very important role in keeping us all safe from the baddies of the world, but the police are not your friend.
Police are especially not your friend in an environment that does not hold the police accountable for the actions and expression of unreasonable force.
Whatever class of person you are in Nigeria, the last thing that you want is an encounter with the police because you will find out very quickly that all that the black letters in the Nigerian Constitution are statutes, and Police Public Relations campaigns mean nothing to the officers on the streets and in the police station near you.
The Nigerian Police Service as a law enforcement agency is primarily established to protect the lives and properties of the citizens but what we have in Nigeria today is quite the opposite as they have taken it upon themselves to menaces in the society.
Citizens are constitutionally entitled to the right to be protected by its police and are guaranteed by the highest law of the land but some of these officers make it a duty to deprive citizens of their rights.
The police brazenly encroach and abuse the right of the people with impunity while the rule of law is thrown to the dogs.
They unleash injustice on innocent poor and law-abiding citizens of this country without resistance and woe betide you if you dare challenge them.
The mantra that the police are our friend has long been thrown overboard as the officers themselves do everything possible to show that they are not our friends.
The mantra of the Nigeria Police Force that: “the Police Is Your Friend.” This notice is posted on every police formations, divisions, posts and commands while successive.
Inspector General of Police have tried all they can to launder the image of police and however, as much as the top hierarchy of the police is trying to paint the force look like friends, the simple truth is that the police have refused to be anyone’s friend, at least those that interact with the general public on a regular basis.
Instead of being friends, they have constituted themselves into the enemies of the public with their actions, antics, aloofness and their attitude of intimidating members of the public.
I don’t want to share my encounter with PortHarcourt police DCO and DPO this morning.